Everyone is welcome at Bridgend! Our aim has always been to create a friendly place for anyone who wants to come and get involved in growing. And you don’t need to be green-fingered – all our volunteer sessions are supervised by professional staff and there are plenty of opportunities to learn in a supportive environment.
BGC believes that everyone can benefit from sharing in the community growing and eating experience, and this is what we are all about. We also believe that volunteering should be person-centred. Everyone has different interests and ambitions, so wherever possible, we offer activities to help you get the most out of your time with us. We want to help our community grow – not just our vegetables!
We look after four of the plots at the Bridgend Allotments, and grow all sorts of different fruit and vegetables in our polytunnel and raised beds. Every week there’s a whole range of gardening jobs for our volunteers to help with, depending on the season and the weather. There’s always a lot going on! As well as gardening, we offer activities related to cooking and construction. At each session, we harvest fresh produce from the plots to make a healthy lunch that everyone sits down and shares. You’ll make new friends and be well-fed!
Our volunteers benefit not only from the fresh air, exercise, fun, and good food, but also from gaining valuable work experience and by making a positive contribution to their community through helping others. Those who want to improve their knowledge of gardening, or perhaps even start a career in horticulture, can sign up for one of our training courses.